ERIC Number: ED309278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-17
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Control Technician Curriculum. An Elusive Butterfly.
Defining and developing a quality control technician curriculum for an associate degree program is a difficult and puzzling job. There are as many definitions of quality control and curriculum ideas as there are educators asked. However, one could start by dividing the field into its major areas--heavy manufacturing, maintenance, research, and service industries. Further division of these areas results in certain common subject areas. Data manipulation is common to all areas; on the technician level, it involves generation of data, manipulation of data, and corrective action. A technician curriculum must address all three areas or the graduate will not be prepared for employment. Spartan Campus of the National Education Corporation originally developed a quality control technical curriculum focused on defect detection from welding and fatigue, but as technology became more sophisticated, it added other areas of quality control. The technician was trained to be a bridge between assembly workers and quality management personnel. As the curriculum produced graduates, it became well known. In-plant programs were started, and certification became extremely important. If the needs of the customer are targeted, a quality control technician curriculum can be dynamic and successful. (KC)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Certification, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Industrial Training, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Paraprofessional Personnel, Postsecondary Education, Quality Control, Technical Education, Technical Occupations, Technology, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the American Technical Education Association (Fort Worth, TX, March 17, 1989).